Welcome to Stamps-n-Lingers!  My name is Mary and I’m a Stampin’ Up Independent Demonstrator.  I love our tools and gadgets and the pretty papers and colors!  And – I love to teach!  So…it’s a pretty perfect business for me.  I get to help folks find or nurture their creative sides!  Sometimes sides they didn’t even know they had! 😉

We live in Fayetteville, GA – which, if you’re unfamiliar, is a suburb of Atlanta.  We can get from our door to the airport in about 20 minutes (depending on traffic – well, if you know Atlanta, you know that EVERYTHING is dependent on traffic!!).  Somehow, we were blessed to find a lovely acreage this close in, and we (my husband, Wayne, and I) share it with Finn – our Australian Shepherd who has gained a pretty huge Finn-Fan base…

…and two horses. Our horses consider us their “staff” – which, indeed, we are!   Cerah and Cady pretty much run our lives and dictate our schedules.  But, it’s a benign dictatorship, and one I wouldn’t trade for anything!

Horses having a swim

My life has encompassed a career in the Air Force, a follow-on military support job (from which I retired not too long ago!), and a stint as a Pampered Chef consultant.  I’m an aviator, a teacher, a horse trainer, a would-be-chef, a reluctant housekeeper, a Square-Foot Gardener, a prepper (okay – I own a dehydrator and have managed to grow and dry enough food to last about a week when the zombie apocalypse comes….), a card-maker, a reader-of-novels, and (let’s face it) a couch potato.  I’m not one of those people who claim “I just don’t watch TV” or “I just can’t sit around doing nothing” or “I just have to stay busy”.  Nope.  I like watching “my shows”.  Preferably on the DVR without any commercials.  So – I didn’t pick crafting to give my overly busy hands something to do, or to take up my evenings.  I picked it purely because I love the “stuff” that goes with and into it, and I love the end results that I can make with just some paper and ink and a little bling.

If you’re interested in learning more about Stampin’ Up or about any of their products, drop me a line!  I’d be happy to be your Demonstrator!

Our good dog, Buck, went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2015 – but he’ll be in our hearts forever.  Rest well, buddy.  We’ll see you when we get there!

Buck Original

We’ve also said good-bye to Bo – the brown and white pinto horse in the photo above – and Leo and Katy – two miniature panthers that pretty much ruled the roost.  They’re all in our hearts now.  It’s going to be a joyous reunion at the bridge one day!


66 thoughts on “About

  1. Melanie R

    Love your bio… I am also an aviator, thanks to my father. I arrived here at your blog via Amy Koenders so am adding your blog to my faves so I can drop in every few days and see your lovely creations.

    • Thanks for coming by – always nice to meet a fellow aviator! Appreciate you checking out my site, and setting me as a fave. Thanks so much.

    • Tina Lee

      Thank you for your service. Married to an Army infantry man who served for 42 years. So proud of our military family who give so much to protect us. Thank you. Love your videos. Merry Christmas.

      • stampsnlingers

        Thank YOU both – both parties do the Service in one way or another, don’t they?! Appreciate y’all!! And thank you for the kind words. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  2. Love your down to earth site. Found you on Splitcoatstampers with your 3 leaves/Happy Scenes card. Daughter of an AF aviator, wife of an AF R & D missleman. Feel the kindred spirit. Love my downtime too. Also Love SU and it’s great products. Am a demonstrator in CA. You are in my FAVs now. Will be checkin’ in.

  3. Mom

    Great write-up. Love the photos. Don’t know why I never saw it until now…😕

  4. 🙂

  5. Love your bio and your Artistically Asian card. I’ll use it for inspiration for one of the projects for my Monday classes. I love your horses too! The sweet life!! 🙂

  6. Bette S

    Love your down-to-earth style too, Mary. Sorry, no aviator blood in me unless you consider all the trips I’ve made to Atlanta when my daughter and her family lived there and now Tampa, Fl. I’m not a demonstrator but I love SU products. I belong to a small group of gals that meet monthly and have a great demo with so much talent (Nancy Morris). And then a smaller group of us meet monthly for a card exchange. I follow several other demo blogs and that’s how I found you and so glad I did. Love your creations! They are all so awesome!! Would love to ask what does TTFN stand for? Keep up the good work – I love it!

  7. Hi, Bette! Thanks for taking time to write! Maybe we’re all aviators somewhere down deep… Sounds like you have a great group of ladies and a fun and talented demo!! I’m so glad that y’all have such fun with this great product! 🙂 And…TTFN: Ta Ta For Now. It’s what Tigger says from Winnie the Pooh! 🙂

  8. Marcia Lawhorn

    Hi Mary..My name is Marcia Lawhorn from Rochelle Illinois. I don’t fly anything but my ex husband loved to fly so I learned to love it also flying in his restored stearman..Open cockpit..So fun. I am a retired x-ray technician although mammography was my love. Now I love stamping up and love sending some sunshine into people’s lives. Thanks for sharing your love and talent. Looking forward to checking in on your creations !

    • Oh my goodness, Marsha – an open Stearman!! How cool is that?!?! Thank you for your kind words about my projects – so happy to share with everyone! Handmade cards do make people happy, I know! Glad that you’re sending the love one card at a time! 🙂

  9. Kathy Beaver

    Hi, Mary. Got on your blog to look for when you’ll do your next live Facebook tute. Had to find out more about you. We have a lot in common: former AF, current SU demo, I love all things AF especially the new go fasts (including Blackbirds that are not around anymore) and the old biggies like KC135 and B52 that my Dad took care of in his 30 years (yes, I’m a brat!). My sweetie and I watch lots of shows we record on DVR as we hate commercials. We have an abhorrence of sit coms and reality shows and talent contests. Hope I can find you tonight. TTFN

    • Now that’s cool, Kathy!! I miss the airplanes – hearing them and seeing them fly. The commercial planes that go over just aren’t the same! We do differ a little – Wayne and I do like America’s Got Talent. 😉 Nice to “meet” you, Kathy!! Thanks for taking time to tell me a little about yourself – and for joining me on the video! 🙂

  10. Robin Hill

    Mary I just have to say that your video commentary is some of the best I’ve heard! I watched several of your videos today and really enjoyed them. Love your cards. I also am an AF veteran (though not an aviator), a new SU demonstrator (although I have been making cards for several years), and currently work for the Department of Veteran Affairs. Just wanted to say hi and say how much I enjoy your videos. I can’t believe you pack up and travel with so much stuff!!

    • Thank you so much for saying that, Robin – I still cringe when I hear it. I’m glad that you don’t have that same reaction! Thank you so much for your service – and your continued service – to our country! 🙂 And yes. It’s a little cray cray, I’m pretty sure. But…not having it for that long? Cray-cray-ER!! Appreciate you stopping by and introducing yourself! 🙂

  11. Hi Mary…just came across your blog. I love your sense of humor and honesty. Your dog Finn is very handsome!! Is he an Aussie? I have one, he’s a blue Merle. I am a demo also and I too enjoy all that encompasses Stampin up. Love your work, keep it coming!

    • Hey Sandy – thanks so much! Appreciate the kind words. Yes, Finn’s an Aussie – just over a year old. He’s my first Aussie – and is quite a trip! I bet you guy is gorgeous! Thanks – hope to see you around! 🙂

  12. Jean Goerlach

    Hi Mary,
    I came across your videos on YouTube and have become addicted to your projects. My husband is a Vietnam Vet having served in Special Forces in the AF. I have been stamping for about 10 years and totally addicted to Stamping Up. I recently became a demonstrator and look forward to many great years of stamping. While we don’t have any dogs, we are proud parents to 3 felines “Sammi”, “Kaboodle” and “Misty” who totally rule our household. Thanks for sharing what you love with all of us. You are so down-to-earth in your videos and I love watching and stamping with you.

    • First off, Jean – please thank your husband for his service! And the same to you – our spouses put up with so much as we serve. Y’all serve right along beside us! 🙂 Secondly – thank you so very much for your kind words!! They really do mean a lot to me – videos take a little effort and it’s so nice when folks say they’re enjoying them! Finally – welcome to Stampin’ Up! I really think they provide us with the best tools there are for doing this crazy thing we love!! Thank you again, Jean! 🙂

      • Jean Goerlach

        Thank you for your response. And let me say thank you to you for YOUR service and for all that you provide in the way of your creativity. I love love love watching your videos and Facebook when you are live on it. You are so down to earth and very amusing and entertaining with your comments. I enjoy your projects and your interaction with your followers. Stampin Up products have become addictive to me as I recently retired and among my other activities I look forward to all the projects that consultants publish which give me ideas. Who knew there was life after an 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m workday. LOL!

      • Hey Jean – yep. It’s addictive stuff! It’s the biggest reason I joined up! I wanted everything. EVERYthing!! So I NEEDED that discount! LOL!! I’m planning to get rid of my retirement 8 – 6 job soon…probably next summer! Really looking forward to being a “true” retiree!! Thanks so much – I’m tickled that you’re watching and enjoying my videos!! 🙂

  13. Carol Carriveau

    I think you are hysterically funny and love your sense of humor – I caught the cat card on You Tube and you sound like me…freely admitting that the “Not Me Ghost” likes to move things around on your table and you are not a perfect card maker….. It was a struggle to find your blog, but I did and have signed up two times cuz I thought I would get the confirming email sooner…sorry! Will have to be more patient! Hard to do at times! I found another of your gals on a blog hop and have decided to follow her as well. Looking to seeing your blog posts and listen to you – I live in CA and am a demo as well, for about 6 years now… NO website…just me and a few customers!.Have the Cat Bundle and will play tomorrow with it at a friend’s home. Thank you for being so honest and funny…..I look forward to following you!

    • Well – thank you so much, Carol! I really appreciate your kind words. “Perfect card maker” – I suppose there is such a person…somewhere… ?? But surely not at this house. LOL. I’m sorry the confirmation e-amil took a bit – I didn’t know it did that (it’s an auto-generated thing!). But so pleased that you persisted and are now following me! I hope I’ll live up to that! Thanks again! 🙂

  14. Ginger McDonald

    Hi Mary, I’m not sure how I found my way to you but I’m super happy I did. I LOVE your laid back style & the cards you put together. Watching you always leaves me with the thinking “don’t sweat the small stuff” You’re so calm and if something happens or gets misplaced you just roll on with a sense of humor and it works out beautifully. Card making should be fun & relaxing & you show me that it is, not to mention you make it entertaining as well. I too often worry about the little things a smudge or any number of other “oops” that can go wrong. THANK for showing me to “CHILL” and have fun doing it myself like I have fun watching you create.

    • Gosh, Ginger – what a wonderful thing to say! It lets me know that I’m succeeding in my goal to teach and entertain! I do have so much fun doing those videos and to know that y’all are enjoying them as much just means the world to me! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. Happy Stamping!! 🙂

      • Ginger McDonald

        it is I who must say THANK YOU to you, for your taking time to respond to me, I know you are super busy especially right now. You are absolutely succeeding in your goal to teach and entertain. I love watching someone that makes it’s very clear that they are doing something they love & when I watch you I totally get the feeling. Thanks for inspiring me !!

      • You are so welcome – and thanks, Ginger! 🙂

  15. Eunice Stoneman

    Hi Mary. I happened upon your videos on youtube before Christmas when I was looking for a tutorial for a z-fold card. I watched several of your videos and really enjoyed the casual, relaxed manner in which you spoke and created. You sound so ‘down to earth’. I am glad that I found your blog, and have learned a little more about you. I loved the cards you made on the videos and look forward to seeing more. I have been making cards for a few years, thanks to my awesome demonstrator Heather Cooper, who encouraged me to ‘keep going’. I find it so rewarding to sit down with some paper, punches, stamps and ink and end up with a card that I feel good about sending to a special someone in my life. I ‘pack up’ a lot of my craft supplies and take them along with me when we go out in our 5th wheel. It is so relaxing to sit beside a lake and make cards. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your videos. Maybe some Sunday I will be able to catch your facebook live. I am on the west coast, so will have to figure out the time difference.

    • Hi, Eunice! Thank you so much for your kind words! I have to NOT compare my videos to other demos – their’s seem to profesisonal and “right” that I wonder about how I do mine. But…it’s my hour to connect to folks, and I always hope that everyone is enjoying the time and learning a little something at the same time! So it’s nice to hear when someone tells me it’s working for them!! 🙂 Making cards by a lake…sounds like heaven! And one day…perhaps will be my locale! I hope you can join me some Sunday night – 8pm Eastern is 5pm Pacific! Thank you again!! 🙂

  16. Eunice Stoneman

    Thank you for the time conversion. I had figured it out to be either 4 pm or 5 pm. Making cards by a lake is very relaxing, unless you get free range cattle coming into your camp site to critique your cards. That only happened once, fortunately. The birds and squirrels are usually a little more respectful of my personal space, lol. I retired last year, so I hope to spend a lot more time crafting in a campsite by a lake.

  17. Twila Franklin

    Hi, Mary, I just found your site and love it. I will “favorite” it and stop by often. I am excited to make the barn door. Your commentary is awesome. So easy to follow. I am a SU demo sort of. Thank you so much for sharing. Twila

    • Thanks so much, Twila! I appreciate it and am glad that you found my site! Feel free to sign up to follow the blog and then you’ll get an e-mail every time I post! 🙂

  18. Stephanie Briggs

    Hi , Mary!
    I love your bio just like I love your videos!!! You remind me of a great friend!
    I am a demo for a year now , card maker since 2002 with a break for a few years in the middle. Linda Heller encouraged me to sign up last saleabrat ion. My friends all encouraged me to also do classes, so I find my self doinng that . Cause as working a full time job, a Pampered chef consultant, mother of 2 teens and a Pastors wife I needed something else to do ! 🙂 lol
    So this long note started to ask what does the Lingers mean in Stamps and Lingers?? I read your bio hoping to learn, I asked once in a live video but don’t think I saw the comment. Inquiring minds need to know!:) I think there are others who also must want to know:) at least the night I asked I had others say good question. I wonder if it has to do with your aviation job?
    Thanks for your awesome and great commentary videos!! Keep them coming!
    Your fan Stephanie

    • stampsnlingers

      Hey Stephanie! Thanks for reaching out! “Lingers” – pronounced like ringer not like “lingering at the mall” – is what we call our Haflinger ponies. The Lingers. So – when I started my business, I wanted to combine my two loves – the Lingers and stamping….hence Stamps-N-Lingers! It made sense at the time!! Sorry i missed the question on the live video – the comments tend to scroll out of sight! 🙂

  19. Maryanne Willequer

    Hi, Mary! I finally got into your blog tocheck out the color charts, which you mentioned on tonite’s live presentation. Glad i happened upon this page! My husband is retired AF (out of Nellis AFB) here in Las Vegas. I love your cards and have recommended you to my best friend! Glad to know the meaning of ‘lingers”. Keep providing us with great cards!

    • stampsnlingers

      Hey Maryanne! Glad you were able to find the color charts! And – thanks to your husband (and to you!) for your service! Thanks for the nice compliment, too! 🙂

  20. seldenski

    Hi Beth…I arrived at your site searching for something to do with the Tutti Fruitti cards and envelopes….I have been stampin on and off since 1998….. then I started to read about Finn……I hope he continues to be on the road to recovery!

    Have a wonderful day!


    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, Toni! Glad you found me – and I appreciate the kind words about Finn! 🙂

  21. Nicola Lubbe

    Hi Mary, always a pleasure to watch your videos. I love your banter and all your beautiful works of arts. And of course, Finn! Keep up the great work and enjoy the cruise!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you so much, Nicola – I’m really tickled that you enjoy the videos!! 🙂

  22. Nancy Ross

    How do I go about finding you on your Facebook lives? How do I find your blog? Thanks! Love watching you on Utube!

    • stampsnlingers

      Hey Nancy! You’ve already found my blog – hit the Home button at the top and it’ll take you to the most recent post. There’s also a spot on the side for you to enter your e-mail address and then you’ll get an e-mail when I do a new post. 🙂 I typically do my Lives on Sunday evening on my Stamps-n-Lingers FB page and I let everyone know about it on my Sunday morning blog posts – as well as on my FB page. The link to that: https://www.facebook.com/stampsnlingers/ Hope that helps and that we’ll see you on the next live video! 🙂

  23. Nola

    Love you’re bio. I have fur babies and my 5 horses rule my life so do all my cats,I love you’re cards. Thank you for sharing. I got into it as something I could share with my grand babies. They can share with their kids about me. Lol. Again thank you for sharing your beautiful cards..
    Nola Manganaro

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write, Nola! Yes – the ponies and puppies and kitties do, indeed, rule the roost! Glad that you got into stamping and hope that you and the kids have fun with it! 🙂

  24. Judy Gielniak

    Love Love Love your site, your card ideas & your bio too… you are so welcoming and your site is so BEAUTIFUL! Your font & message even contributes to the warm welcoming! Thank you for sharing YOU! Beautiful smile too! I am a demo too, in AZ and I HOPE to meet you one day at a Stampin’Up! Event. SO enjoy your blog and ideas! Thank you for your military service too… GOD BLESS you & your family!

    • stampsnlingers

      Well – thank you so much, Judy!! What very kind words. I’m tickled that you enjoy my site and cards! Hopefully we WILL meet up one of these days! 🙂

  25. Marge Turner

    I love the ‘lingers’ part of your title! I had a haflinger, Cookie, at the age of 34 she went over the rainbow bridge. We miss her terribly! Love your cards too!

    • stampsnlingers

      Hey! A fellow Haffie person!! Whoo-hoo!! We have C-line girls, too. Cerah and Cadence! THey’re my first Haflingers – can’t believe I went so long before I had one in my barn. Incredible personalities. I know you miss her face and sweet self. 🙁 But – I also TOTALLY believe we’ll see them all again. HAVE to believe it… 🙂 Thanks for introducing yourself, Marge – and for the kind words!

  26. Hi Mary (at least I hope this finds its way to you and you are well). I have been totally enjoying your videos for a little bit now. I enjoyed reading your bio! You are a talented master at papercrafting. I want to thank you for the inspiration and more importantly for sharing so freely. I am also a Stampin’ Up demonstrator from Somerville, MA (a city right outside of Boston, MA). Thanks again for all that you do for folks in the Stampin’ Up community and others (right?)…

    • stampsnlingers

      Well – thank you so much for the very kind words, James – I appreciate them! Glad that you found me and took a minute to reach out. 🙂

  27. Joan gordon

    Hello, I am new to watching you! I was referred by a friend to your sites. Enjoy watching your videos and seeing all your beautiful cards. I’m from Washington state and a stamper.

    • stampsnlingers

      Hello – and welcome. So glad that you’re here! Thank you very much. 🙂

  28. Lynne Ingram

    Happy Birthday Mary.

  29. Rita Adams

    Enjoyed reading your bio. We have horses, dogs, cats all in common! Oh, yes! Our love of making cards with all the Stampin’Up goodies!

  30. Barbra J Sauer

    Mary, I just found you TODAY! I happened upon your YouTube video from 3 wks ago and found you very entertaining to listen to while watching you make a beautiful card. So of course I had to find your blog! Love your “about me” section w/all the photos! We have several things in common! My husband is a USAF vet of 30 yrs,(Intel); he joined 5 months after we were married. He has been retired about 9 yrs now. It was a great life with many experiences our 5 kids would not have had any other way. We also have horses! It had been our dream since getting married, but of course, it had to wait until Hubby retired. We are down to 4 gelding now – love them all! We also have dogs, but ours are ACDs – a red female, Kimber (aka Chubby Puppy) and a blue male, Sig. The day after Thanksgiving, Sig found a tiny kitten outside our house, so we now have a (now) 3 lb feline terrorist living in our house. LOL Her name is Molly and amazingly, Sig (who is known to not like cats), is very good with her! Thank heaven! I am also an SU demo.- 2 yrs. now. I love all SU products and making projects with them. However, I am horrible about actually sending out the projects! :/
    I have saved your blog & YouTube channel in my FAVS and will definitely be checking back frequently!

    • stampsnlingers

      Hey Barbara! Thank you so much for getting in touch! It’s kind of a small world, huh? Thank you BOTH for your 30 years of Service!! 🙂 I’m glad you were finally able to add horses to your lives!! And a kitten. I love horses and I love dogs – but…I miss my kitties!! Give them ALL a big pat for me – and maybe a nose-kiss or two! And will be hoping to see you around the “blog-is-sphere”!

  31. Judy

    Hi May, I am a relatively new stamper at 79 yo. I found your blog today and I’m so excited. I used to be a technical trainer and I love love love the way you instruct us to make your beautiful creations! Thank you so much. I suspect I’m going to have even more fun searching your blog history. You are a gift!

    • stampsnlingers

      Oh – thank you so much for the very kind words, Judy – and WELCOME to stamping! I know you’re going to have a great time!! 🙂

  32. Trena Deatherage

    Mary, I was looking for stampin up catalog when I ran across your name. We have the same last name.

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